This workshop will show you the elements of visual storytelling and offer a clear, step-by-step approaches to refining your image curation and file management to create compelling narratives for publication, exhibits or books.

Sarah Leen, award-winning director of photography for National Geographic magazine, and Bill Marr, former creative director at National Geographic and former director of photography at The Nature Conservancy, will introduce participants to a skill set essential for every photographer: the art of curating their images.

Sarah and Bill bring years of experience in managing and presenting long-form visual narratives, and together set you on a path to achieving the goals for your own projects. During this weekend workshop we will view presentations, examine the elements of visual storytelling, and participate in group editing exercises.

Let’s put to rest the old adage that photographers are their own worst editors by mastering the practical curating skills that take you to the next level on your photographic journey.


Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine, where she worked as a freelance photographer for more than 20 years before joining the publication’s staff in 2004. The winner of numerous awards for her photography and photo editing, Sarah has juried many contests, including Pictures of the Year International, Lens Culture, the W. Eugene Smith Grants, the Getty Images Editorial Grants, and the World Press Joop Swarts Masterclass. Sarah has taught photography and editing at the Missouri Photo Workshops, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Maine Photographic Workshops, and the Palm Beach Centre for Photography. Her website is

William Marr’s 40-year photography career reflects a dedication to visual content and its presentation in newspapers, books, exhibits, and magazines. His path has taken him from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked in the 1980s, to National Geographic magazine, where as Creative Director he led the magazine’s transition into the digital space with an award-winning iPad app. Most recently, Bill served as Director of Photography for The Nature Conservancy. As freelance editor and designer, he has created annual reports, corporate collateral, books, and photo exhibits. A member of the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame, he teams up to teach workshops at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops with his wife and partner, Sarah Leen. His website is